Tuesday, June 5, 2012
The Panthers' star pitcher/first baseman was selected by Oakland on the first day of the Major League Baseball Draft.
Matt Olson, who led Parkview High School to the Class AAAAA baseball championship a week and a half ago, was selected on the first day of the Major League Baseball Draft Monday. The 6-foot-4, 236-pound pitcher/first baseman, who has committed to play at Vanderbilt, was the 47th pick overall by the Oakland Athletics. Olson, a left-handed batter, was a key ingredient in the Panthers' runs to the last two state championships. He was the Game 1 winning pitcher and hit a game-deciding home run in the second game in Parkview’s sweep of Brookwood in the state finals on May 26. "For us, one of the best high school bats in the country -- just a very skilled hitter with strength, and the power's going to come as he gets bigger and stronger," Oakland…
Friday, June 1, 2012
Stars beat Charlton County 11-1 in Game 3 of the Class A championship series to win their first baseball title in school history.
Austin Golden provided the offensive punch and Erich Stahl pitched a complete game as Providence Christian beat Charlton County 11-1 (in six innings) to win the Class A baseball championship Friday in Folkston, Ga. The game was ended after six innings due to the 10-run mercy rule. The Stars scored six runs in the top of the first and three more in the bottom of the second to take command early. Providence had three doubles and batted around in the first. Golden, who knocked in five runs, hit a three-run home run in the second to account for those runs. Stahl gave up five hits and only one run, which came off an infield single in the bottom of the fifth, when Charlton avoided the mercy for an inning. The Indians went three up, three down in…
The Stars lost the opener of their Class A series at Charlton County, but rallied to win the second.
A seven-run rally helped extend the baseball season another day for Providence Christian Thursday in the Class A championship series at Charlton County. With their backs against the wall after losing the opener 6-3 to the Indians, the Stars scored seven times in the fifth inning of Game 2 to take a 13-7 lead en route to a 15-8 win. The final game in the best-of-three series is scheduled for Friday at 1 p.m. in Folkston. According to a report in the AJC, Austin Loyd and Max Broom had two-run singles in the rally. Austin Golden had four RBIs in the game. In the first game, a late two-run home run by Charlton County’s Chris Smith, also the winning pitcher, broke the game open for the Indians. For more on Thursday's games, see this Gwinnett …
Sunday, May 27, 2012
When the neighboring schools get together in sports, it's about community, competition and bragging rights.
It was Parkview vs. Brookwood and everyone knew there'd be a big crowd. But the crowd that attended Saturday's Class AAAAA baseball championship games at Parkview High School was something even more special. More than an hour before the double-header — won by Parkview 5-2 and 6-3 for its second straight state title and fifth overall — cars were already having to park on the other side of campus. Robert Hill, the offensive coordinator for Parkview's football team and baseball traffic cop on Saturday, was turning away cars headed for the usual baseball parking spaces. It was 2:50 p.m.; the double-header started at 4. "You should see it up there [at Hugh Buchanan Stadium, located on the back side of the campus]," Hill said, "It's filled up …
Saturday, May 26, 2012
Panthers sweep Brookwood 5-2 and 6-3 to defend their Georgia High School Association Class AAAAA baseball championship. (See video of last out)
Updated story, 12 a.m. It shouldn't be any surprise who played a leading role in Parkview High School's encore performance in the state baseball finals. Take a bow, Matt Olson. Parkview's star senior was at his best again Saturday, pitching and slugging the Panthers (31-6) to a 5-2, 6-3 sweep of visiting Brookwood and their second-straight Class AAAAA championship — and fifth overall. Olson, who had plenty of help from his teammates, pitched a complete game and added a two-run home run in the opener, then stroked game-changing two-out home run in the Panthers' final at-bat in Game 2. He was 4-for-7 with three RBIs in the series. "The bigger the situation, the bigger Matt's gonna come through," Parkview Coach Chan Brown said, "and it's been…
Friday, May 25, 2012
Neighborhood rivals meet again in a big game; this time for the state baseball title. (Make a prediction in our poll below)
This posting on the Parkview High School Baseball Facebook page is short and to the point: "State Championship ... Parkview vs. Brookwood ... need we say more??" That pretty much says it all, but it's been spoken before. When the two rivals begin play Saturday at 4 p.m. in the Class AAAAA championship series it will be the next in a significant line of title games matching the neighboring rivals who once shared the same football stadium (it's true). Catch up on Parkview in the playoffs Mighty Parkview Reaches Baseball Final Parkview Takes Game 1; Storms Take Game 2 Are You Ready for Semifinal Baseball? Will Parkview, PCA Add State Titles? Examples: Parkview beat Brookwood 28-7 for the 2002 football champion The school's shared the …
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Pitcher Jesse Foster and Panthers shut out Mill Creek 5-0 to sweep Class AAAAA semifinal series. (Updated story, photos)
Updated, Tuesday 11 p.m. Call it the Battle of Five Forks-Trickum, baseball-style. Parkview High School, which beat Mill Creek 5-0 Tuesday to win its Class AAAAA semifinal series, will face a familiar foe once the championship round begins Saturday. Brookwood High School, located only six miles away from Parkview down Five Forks-Trickum Road, also advanced Tuesday with a 7-4 win over Grayson. The finals will begin with a Saturday afternoon double-header at Parkview High School. As one Parkview supporter Tweeted Tuesday: "There's gonna be people [lined up] all the way to China on Saturday!" Parkview, the defending state champion, used complete-game pitching and timely hitting to advance with Tuesday's shutout of Mill Creek. Jesse Foster …
Photo Gallery: A 7-6 win in the third game secures spot in state baseball finals.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
For the second straight year, the Providence Christian Academy Stars are playing in the Class A baseball finals. The Stars defeated Savannah Christian 7-6 in the final game of the best-of-three series Tuesday to reach the title round. Providence will face Charlton County in the finals. Charlton beat George Walton Academy two games to one in its semifinal series. Providence was pushed to the wall after Savannah Christian won Game 2 of the series 5-4, also played Tuesday after being rained out on Monday. The championship series is expected to begin Saturday.
Monday, May 21, 2012
Parkview High School leads its best-of-three Class AAAAA series with Mill Creek after a 5-4 win Monday. But the second game was postponed until today.
Parkview High School has won many games on its last at-bat during its illustrious baseball history. Jack Esmonde's game-winning hit may have been a new one. Esmonde's blooping hit between the pitcher's mound and second base with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning plated the winning run as the Panthers came back for a 5-4 win over visiting Mill Creek in Game 1 of a weather-delayed Class AAAAA semifinal series Monday at Parkview. The win gave Parkview a 1-0 lead in the series, which is scheduled to continue Tuesday at 4 p.m. at Parkview. Monday was originally scheduled as a double-header, but Game 1 was delayed for nearly two hours heavy rain from thunderstorms. And after thunder was rumbling in the distance as Esmonde stepped to …
Series with Savannah Christian picks back up Tuesday at 1 pm.
Rained shortened the first day of the Class A baseball semifinals at Providence Christian Academy Monday in Lilburn. Providence won the opener 11-5, but the second game of a double-header was postponed by thunderstorms that roared through the area late in the afternoon. The game was tied 0-0 at the end of the second inning when the rains came. Austin Golden knocked in four runs to lead the Stars who turned a close game to a one-side game with four late runs. The series picks back up at 1 p.m. Tuesday.